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Repairing finish on basement block foundation wall

I have a room in a partially finished basement which was done by the previous homeowner which is needing repair to the walls. The house is old (1925), and the foundation is concrete block. The room in ...
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should concrete block wall be sealed on top?

I have a 2 story + basement townhome with 8" concrete blocks walls between my neighbors. At the top of each shared wall is a sheet metal cap. Some of the cavities have concrete in them but many are ...
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Can I fill cinder blocks with soil/dirt?

I have two short raised beds made of cinder blocks (8 in. and 16 in. tall) that isn't finished yet. I was wondering if it's okay to fill the voids of the blocks with excess soil from my yard? I live ...
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Filling hollow blocks one level at a time

I live in an area where basic building materials are available but expensive - there are not many places to rent tools and things are done slowly by hand. It is also an earthquake zone. I am thinking ...
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How can I remove this concrete wall anchor?

The anchor pictured was holding a hose reel, which has been removed. When I twist the part sticking out it just spins infinitely in either direction. I think it is something like a toggle or a molly ...
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Floating desk on concrete block wall

I have a concrete block wall with dot and dab plasterboard. I am looking to attach a wall to wall floating desk to it. I appreciate a number of questions relating to floating desks have been asked ...
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Lard as release agent?

So I’m learning how to make concrete pavers with this youtube video. He mentions that he uses lard as a release agent, so he brushes that into the mold. He also suggests cooking oil or motor oil for ...
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How do I build a fence with zero experience?

I've never built a fence or have never done any outdoor construction. I'm pretty handy and do most of my interior maintenance. I have a total of 780 feet where I need to put up a fence. I'm still ...
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Recommendations for fixing 1/2 inch difference in retaining wall height under pavers

I'm working on installing a patio that is held up by a retaining wall on one side and has blocks around most of the rest where it is adjacent to a deck. For the most part, the blocks are level and ...
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How serious is this spalling?

Spalling is occurring on the corner of the top of the first story. I'm curious as to how serious this is.
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Painted house that the previously applied mortar was done sloppy

We are looking to repaint the house(all block) but whoever applied the original mortar did a streaky job. Is there anything I can add to the paint to correct the steaks in it without having to ...
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What is best way to make up difference between concrete and drywall in garage

The bottom part of wall in the carport was never covered with drywall. The distance from floor to bottom is around 9-10 inches. The bottom area is concrete blocks. The issue is distance from outer ...
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Mounting a pull up bar on hollow concrete block wall

I’m trying to mount a Pull-up bar like this one on a hollow concrete block wall. I’m planning on using some concrete sleeve anchors, but I also have seen people anchor some wood planks into the wall ...
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How to wall-mount to a “resilient channel” wall?

first SE post! MY QUESTION: How do I safely attach an articulating mount (tilt/pan) for a 75" LCD TV to a "sound deadening" wall that uses resilient channels? Thanks to the miracle of the ...
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Mounting a TV to Concrete Through Wood Paneling and Air Gap

I have a bit of a tricky question in regards to mounting my 65" TV. I have 3/4" knotty pine tongue and groove vertical wood paneling on my basement interior wall. The wall divides my finished and ...
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Hanging large TV and media cabinet on cement block covered with drywall

I'm planning on hang a 75" TV and a media center on my wall. It is cement block covered with drywall. Drywall is installed using some sort of metal furring strips so there are no studs. I believe all ...
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Drywall on conrete ceiling without studs, weight issues?

I have a question regarding heavy drywall hanging on a ceiling. I need to hang drywall ceiling without any studs (drywall designed for moisture, vapor barrier, straight onto concrete ceiling). I ...
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Ok to use green Spax lags as anchors in block wall?

I've got a basement project where I'm attaching 3in studs over 1 inch foam to a block wall (built ~1952). I was planning on using Tapcons, but the threads are not holding. The 1/4 green Spax lags look ...
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What to use to backfill around the concrete pier block?

Given the image above: What should I use to backfill the hole around the concrete pier block? I am thinking to use one of the following: (1) Paver base (again) (2) Gravel (3) Just the dirt that I ...
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Can you polish a concrete pier block?

I've been searching google for awhile but can't find a straight answer (every link is about walls/floors): Can I polish (or sand to be smoother at least) a concrete pier block? I have this one from ...
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Mounting TV on Thick Drywall + 1" Stud + Concrete blocks

I am trying to mount my 55" TV to the wall in our basement. It is an old (~1930) semi-detached house and I am a mounting it to the shared wall. As best as I can figure out, we have 1.5" drywall ...
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Filling large hole in concrete floating floor

I have a big hole in my kitchen floor (inserting a beam and post to take down a load bearing wall), and I'm now left with having to fill this hole (after dumping around 300 mm of concrete on the post ...
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Cutting Concrete Block Wall

I have an outdoor BBQ Island that has a grill and refrigerator installed in it. The Island is made out of 5 3/4" concrete block with wood top and tile on top of that. Right now I have a A/V Receiver ...
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Securing range hood with tile & concrete behind—should I pre-drill wider?

I need to secure a range hood on my new subway tile backsplash. Behind the tile is the thinset, drywall, then concrete block. I don't think my furring strips are ideally located for mounting purposes. ...
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Why are the deck footing blocks set away from the house several inches in this video?

I watched this video (building a free-standing porch) and wondered what is the reason that the back concrete blocks are not tight to the house wall. Basically he places them away from the house by a ...
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Are concrete blocks a cost effective, modern and strong solution to building a house? [closed]

I do many different house designs in SketchUp. With a 500,250,250mm concrete brick I believe I could create the walls for a house for as little as £1,000. Roughly 1k bricks will be needed to create ...
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How to insulate a concrete block shed - material / method

I've got a shed built of big solid concrete blocks, that also has a concrete floor. I want to insulate the whole lot so it can be fit for human habitation – so I need to insulate the floor, walls and ...
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84' wall leans 5",17' out. Pulling to plumb, + columns, save wall?

84' wall leans 5",17' out. Pulling to plumb, add columns, save wall? (https://i.stack.imgur.com/JvnVY.jpg)
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Mitigating an out of plumb foundation wall

My wife and I bought a house (built in 1985, Atlanta GA suburbs) with a fully finished basement that recently had a hot water heater leak that ruined the laminate floor. This disaster actually was ...
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Water on block foundation wall

I have water on the top 4 feet of my basement foundation wall. This goes around almost the entire perimeter of the basement. The bottom 4 feet of blocks are dry. Any ideas the cause? Can someone ...
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Centering new construction windows in CMU rough opening by notching rough opening and inserting nail fins in notch… Doable?

My Block man obviously could not read blueprints and I am left with upstairs cmu rough openings that barely meet egress codes. Want window centered in block ( not attached to interior framing. Can I ...
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Building a thick concrete pad

Concrete newbie here. I am building a concrete pad for an A/C unit in an already excavated area of the yard (new plant bed). The excavated area is around 8" deep. I want to build a 4'x4'x16" concrete ...
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Best way to cover stair using concrete retaining wall block

I have spent 3 days creating this stair and I still don't like to look. The reason is that I have tons of those retaining wall blocks so I have to use them all to create the stair. The first try was ...
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What causes air voids in concrete?

Really have no idea on what causing concrete to have air voids in it. Is it causes by evaporation of water during the hydration process?
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Where can I find these textured cast concrete blocks?

I am trying to match up some old blocks but ain't having much luck. Would anybody know the name or style of the block?
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Layout method using concrete retaining wall block for angled wall

I am planning to use the rectangular 12x4 retaining wall blocks as below http://www.lowes.com/pd_357656-215-30732___?productId=3722166 This is because we like the design of this better than using ...
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Maximum retaining wall height

Some retaining walls from the home improvement store stated that Maximum Wall Height is 2 feet. For example, Tranquil Olde Manor Concrete Retaining Wall Block from Lowes. My question is that why there ...
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How to build a CMU wall to specific size?

My current design for a garage is 24' by 24'. There are 2 garage doors on the front 9' in width, with 1 1/2" on each side to install them into. This leaves 66" for the front facing CMU wall, which is ...
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How to lay concrete block without squishing all the mortar?

I'm laying a small retaining wall for a garden and I'm having a lot if trouble getting a proper mortar joint. If it is on the soft side it is squished out of the joint with the weight of the block. ...
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Can I skim coat a painted interior concrete block wall? If so, with what & how?

Can I skim coat a painted interior concrete block wall? If so: What can I use to prepare the wall? What material should I use (joint compound, plaster, other)? All DIY so simpler the better.
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How to cut concrete block with a circular saw

I have some concrete blocks that are 4 inches by 6 inches. I need to cut them in half at a 45 degree angle. Can I do this with a circular saw and a masonry blade ? I would also make a jig to cut ...
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What type of anchor for fastening to block wall?

So, I started with What type of screws and anchors are used for concrete? - but it's not particularly clear to me. I (hammer) drilled 5/32" holes into an exterior wall for 3/16" tapcon screws. These ...
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Trying to finish a full basement but footers arent deep enough?

I have a full basement that we are wanting to finish, we hired a contractor to come out and estimate and he said we couldn't do it at all because of the slope of the land the footers weren't deep ...
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destroy a wall that is useless

I'm new to building or destroying things in that occasion. I have a wall that is not supporting the roof or any other part of the house. Removing that wall will help me build an extension of a room ...
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How to minimise the amount of concrete needed for a shed foundation?

I’m looking to build a 6m by 3m shed in the back garden. It will be jammed in between 3 neighbours’ gardens, so it will have to be less than 2.5m high. Roof will most likely be a low grade pitch with ...
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How can I paint concrete blocks without trapping moisture?

I have a shed/laundry that is a separate building from my house. It's made of concrete blocks sitting on top of a poured concrete slab. Currently the inside is bare, which is dark and drab. I want to ...
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Load considerations on framing members that are only attached to concrete?

I am building out a workshop space in my basement, and want to put up framing on the walls, as shown here: Specifically the left wall and the far wall, both of which have a lip. The foundation blocks ...
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Repair cracks in concrete block wall that's no longer moving

I'm fixing up my detached garage built in the early 1900's. At some point there was some movement in the walls (not the slab, the walls are built next to the slab). There doesn't seem to be any more ...
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How can I install a new internal nonbearing concrete block wall in basement to partition off for bathroom?

house is built of concrete blocks, so basement floor is poured concrete and ceiling also. Want to know how to secure wall being built to ceiling and not having wall collapse
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Repairing concrete block on inner part of basement

I have had water seepage into my basement through concrete block for many years. The exterior part of the block is covered by a deck and patio and is not easy to get to. I've mitigated a lot of the ...